Purnululu National Park is a majestic protected reserve
famous for its unusual geologic formations with a diverse biosphere. Its
name "purnululu" id derived from a local dialect of the native tribe of kija
people and can be translated simply as a "sandstone". Alternative name for Purnululu
National Park is Bungle Bungle Range (total of 45,000 hectares) after the
main geologic formation that is found the boundaries of the park.
You can get to Purnululu National Park by taking Great
Northern Highway and then taking a smaller Spring Creek Track that takes you
to the park entrance and a visitor center. The last few kilometers of the
road are only useable during dry season that usually lasts from April till
end of December. Even then you should use four wheel drive vehicles since
the road is not in the best condition. During wet season flashfloods make
the road unusable.
The most unique feature of Purnululu National Park is its
geologic formations that are sometimes compared to hives if you look at them
from above. They formed naturally by action of wind and water erosion. On
the closer inspection they consist of bright orange (due to presence of iron
and manganese oxides) sandstone alternating with dark bands. Much of Purnululu
National Park is covered by dry savannah and continental arid desert.
Although few oasis do exist where you can find forests of acacia, eucalyptus
and Frevillea. In total there are over 600 species of plants (13 are endemic
to the region), 41 species of mammals, 81 species of reptiles, 15 species
and of fish and about 150 species of birds.